Business Start Up Support

    Need help setting up your own business?

    We can help you.

    We can provide a free, confidential and bespoke package of support from business planning through to information on funding available.

    We have local knowledge on vacant premises, economic statistics, and who to turn to for more support and we can help with enquiries about business rates, planning and licensing.

    To get you started the links below will help guide you through some of the things you need to consider when setting up a business.

    Business plan: what it is and why do we need to do one

    Cash flow template: a forecasted month by month account of the money flowing into your business and flowing out.

    Personal survival budget template: details of your personal average income (eg wages) less your personal average expenditure (eg mortgage, rent, food).  This will give you an idea of what you need to take out of the business to ensure you have enough to live off.

    4 Stage Business Start Up Programme: offers a combination of business awareness training, 1-2-1 advice, master classes and networking opportunities to help you get your business off to a good start.

    The Stafford Hub: offers a programme of support, free of charge to business start ups and those wishing to re-launch and upscale their business. An ideal opportunity to focus on new markets given the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK leaving the EU.  Email or tel 01902 321228 for further information

    Commercial Property Search: an online search facility to help you identify details on vacant properties and information including size, agent, features etc.

    Start Up Loans Programme - A Government funded scheme providing business start up support in the form of a repayable loan together with a business mentor.  Download templates including Business Plan, Cash Flow and Personal Survival Budgets.

    To discuss your plans further in the first instance tel: 01785 619000 or email

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